Extension Announced on Health Plans Not Meeting New Law Standards

Insurance companies offering plans that don’t meet Affordable Care Act minimum standards will be allowed to continue insuring individual customers on their plans for an additional year.

The announcement, made on Nov. 14 by President Obama, provides a grace period for insurance plans and their customers. Under the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies are required to meet minimum essential insurance requirements for coverage.

Those offering out-of-date private plans that don’t comply with the new law were required to issue cancellation notices to their customers.  Those who received the notices were required to purchase insurance in the Health Insurance Marketplace by the March 31, 2014 deadline.

Now customers with plans that don’t meet the minimum essential requirements under the Affordable Care Act can stay on their existing insurance plan for one more year without being cancelled.

What Does this Mean for Me and My Taxes?

If you were worried about receiving a cancellation notice, you have one more year on your existing insurance and you don’t have to worry about purchasing in the Health Insurance Marketplace to avoid a tax penalty assessed on your 2014 taxes filed in 2015.

What If I Received a Cancellation Notice?

If your insurance was cancelled because it did not meet the new standards under the Affordable Care Act, then your insurer has the option of possibly insuring you for one more year.  It will be up to the state commissioners whether they allow insurers to continue offering out of-date private plans for one more year.

Check back with the blog for more up to date information regarding the health care law.

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Lisa Lewis is a CPA and the TurboTax Blog Editor. Lisa has 15 years of experience in tax preparation. Her success is attributed to being able to interpret tax laws and help clients better understand them. Lisa also has been a TurboTax product user for many years and understands how the software program works. In addition to extensive tax experience, Lisa also has a very well-rounded professional background. She has held positions as a public auditor, controller, and operations manager. Prior to becoming the TurboTax Blog Editor, she was a Technical Writer for the TurboTax Consumer Group and worked on a project to write new FAQs to help customers better understand tax laws. She could also be seen helping TurboTax customers with tax questions during Lifeline. For Lisa, getting timely and accurate information out to customers to help them is paramount.

Comments (2) Leave your comment

  1. WHAT IS THE PENALTY IF THE HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN DOES NOT MEET THE MINIMUM OF THE ACA. IT IS NOT A MAJOR MEDICAL PLAN

  2. With over 5 million health insurance plans already cancelled to date and millions more plans predicted to be cancelled soon when the employer mandate takes effect, it will be difficult to undo the harm caused by the loss of these plans under the ACA. A legislative remedy appears to be in order. -Mike M.

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